22 years ago, Peter Parker married Mary Jane Watson in Amazing Spider-Man Annual #21. Many fans rejoiced. But not everyone was filled with glee. A man by the name of Joe Quesada thought that Spider-Man had fallen off track when he had gotten married and therefore, was not a character fans could relate to anymore. Even before Joe became the editor in chief of Marvel Comics, he had made known his disdain for the Spider-Marriage.
In 2007, Joey Q had finally set out to end what kept him awake at night (I'm not making this up, he seriously lost sleep due to the marriage of fictional characters) and ended Peter and MJ's wedding in the four part story called One More Day. OMD is widely regarded as one of the worst Spider-Man stories ever printed, if not the worst. Calling it an abomination sin would be a grave understatement. What's worse is that OMD led into Brand New Day and while there are fans that say BND is the best Spidey has been in years, you've also got fans that view BND as one of the darkest periods in Spider-Man history, some even referring to it as part of the dork age. Worse still is that there would be an eventual follow up to OMD, a story most fans would prefer never to revisit, but alas, if we were to find out just how and why Peter and MJ never wed, we would have to get the answers from One Moment in Time, OMIT for short (and possibly a jab at fans by Quesada)
Anything good about part one of this story? Paolo Rivera's art. I've been a big fan of his work and it sucks that he has to illustrate for such a crappy story.
And the bad? every-freaking-thing-else.
Right off the bad, MJ looks like the bad guy. We finally learn what she whispered to Mephisto and it is basically her saying she knows Peter will never agree to this deal, (even though ASM #545 clearly shows him agreeing to it, but then, logic got tossed out the window nearly three years ago in the ASM books) unless she asks him to, and she asks him to leave Peter alone, forever. Let's forget that Mephy has always screwed over those he made a deal with. Johnny Blaze anyone? I digress. So Mephy, presumably makes it seemed like the deal never happened.
Seeing as how Joe Q was the mastermind behind OMD and he'd be the writer, I never had high hopes for OMIT. I knew coming in that the story would be cluster-f bomb of epic proportions. But we're only at part one of the story and it. Is. BAD!
In a sorta, kinda nutshell, a devil pigeon (Mephisto) unlocks the police car door for a crook Spidey just caught and said crook gets free, causing all kinds of mayhem. This climaxes when Spidey goes after the crook, gets hit in the head with a brick, and the crook, which happens to be fat, by the way, lands on Spidey, knocking him out.
Excuse me, but Spidey has taken abuse from plenty of super villains up to this point and still remained conscious. Yet a brick and a fat guy KO him? Sucky writing at it's finest, folks! But hey, you don't have to talk my word for it! A lovely review for part one of OMIT over at Crawl Space does a lovely job, better than what I've done here, of picking this issue a part and giving the 411 for why and how badly it bombed.
Can you believe it? Part one of OMIT and we're already waist deep in this crap storm! And there are three more parts to go? Ugh!!!